Advent Week 3: Seeing the Fruit


Now when John heard in prison about the things the Christ was doing, he sent word by his disciples to Jesus, asking, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”

Jesus responded, “Go, report to John what you hear and see. Those who were blind are able to see. Those who were crippled are walking. People with skin diseases are cleansed. Those who were deaf now hear. Those who were dead are raised up. The poor have good news proclaimed to them.” Matthew 11:2-5 CEB

Advent week 3

A child is born unto us. He will be the Messiah. But how do we know that he is the Messiah? For that we must cast our gaze beyond the nativity to see the “fruits” of the Messiah. We answer John the Baptist’s question, “Are you the one?”

Tell him what you see, Jesus answers. The blind can see. The crippled can walk. The sick are healed. The deaf can hear. The dead have been raised. The “good news” is being proclaimed. Is that not what the Messiah would do?

During Advent, while we celebrate the birth of our Messiah, let us hold on to see what is coming. We see a messiah coming for all time and not just one time. We see a Messiah whose command is beyond leading an army to disrupt one king’s rule. We have a Messiah breaking the powers and principalities of all time.

The Advent story is but the beginning of the story of resurrection! If we have eyes then let us see!

Lord God, fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we might produce “good fruit.” The hungry are fed, the thirsty have water. The imprisoned are visited. The naked clothed. The good news of Jesus is proclaimed. Amen.